Student project highlight: Jon Gorman

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From time to time, we like to highlight the projects Austin Coding Academy students make as part of their coursework. This month, we talked to recent ACA JavaScript graduate Jon Gorman about the recipe and shopping app he created, There's Nothing to Eat.

 

What problem or challenge is your project solving?

My project aims to solve two problems. The first problem being random food items that seem to linger around day after day and meal after meal in our cupboards. In my case, I noticed that these items might be remaining because I simply hadn't thought of a recipe to use them in. This app aims to make fast work of recipe finding based on already obtained ingredients.

The second problem this app aims to solve is the task of shopping for a recipe. Most of the time I find myself using some online recipe that has a very fine print which is distracting when at the store. One option is to make a list using paper and pencil but that just seems primitive when our phone is probably closer at hand. So, my app makes it easy to choose a recipe using input including diet, cuisine, and ingredients that allows easy transfer to a shopping list making these two tasks into one easy and fun experience.

 

Who is the user for your project?

Anyone who wants to make use of those ingredients in the cupboard that have been collecting dust.

 

How did you consider the user experience when developing your project?

Technically, the whole app was designed to make choosing and shopping for a recipe easy on the end user. Ideally, the app is meant to be used on a phone, which is where my next efforts will be. I'm looking forward to hearing user feedback.

jon-gorman-app

 

How did you consider the user experience when developing your project?

Technically, the whole app was designed to make choosing and shopping for a recipe easy on the end user. Ideally, the app is meant to be used on a phone which is where my next efforts will be. I'm looking forward to hearing user feedback.

 

How did your professors at ACA help guide you through completing the project?

My initial project idea came from bouncing the idea off of the instructors, mainly Dinh and Jon. Initial approval from both of them helped me to get started for sure.


I have to say that Jon (Instructor) and  Dustin (TA) in the final class were very responsive to in class and out of class questions. Dustin helped me through some hurdles that I was stuck on in class. Then, after class had already ended I had several questions leading up the presentation and Jon was always responsive right away. So big thanks to ACA and everyone that helped my make this vision a reality!

 

Has this project helped you with your job search? 

Fingers crossed.

 

How did you consider the user experience when developing your project?

Technically, the whole app was designed to make choosing and shopping for a recipe easy on the end user. Ideally, the app is meant to be used on a phone which is where my next efforts will be. I'm looking forward to hearing user feedback.

Check out the app here

There's Nothing to Eat

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